Directory of freelance editors

Editor: Alan Cummine

GoodWords Consulting

BScAgr (Syd U 1969), MEnvSt (ANU 1980)


  • Editing—Substantive and copy editing, proofreading, plain English editing
  • Other services—Writing and rewriting, especially submissions requiring coordination of multiple authors
  • Subject fields—Agriculture, forestry, environment, rural policy, natural resource management, energy conservation, any science and technical material aimed at a lay audience
  • Media—Research reports, annual reports and other corporate documents, conference proceedings, books, journal articles, brochures, presentations, technical manuals and handbooks, theses, resumés

Specific projects

Writing and editing for government and non-government organisations―research reports, annual reports, strategic and operating plans, manuals, handbooks, booklets, brochures, leaflets, media releases, conference papers, A-V presentations, journal articles, project grant reports, recruitment scribing, and a code of practice and accompanying documents

Submissions to government and parliamentary inquiries, requiring coordination of multiple authors’ inputs

The revised ACT Public Service Manual (1994);  Local Greening Plans in 1994-95 (144  pp) – rewriting, design and artwork guidance

Writing and editing course material for literacy and grammar courses

President, Canberra Society of Editors 2013-15

Over 40 years’ experience writing, rewriting, editing, proofreading and publishing for government, non- government and private organisations, as well as being a CEO and senior executive in these bodies, and including five years coaching in literacy, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and essay and report writing for students and senior government officials.